Hope you you can help me here. I have a repetitive task every week, which I could do the same way every single time through Excel formulas, but I am looking for a more automated way of going about this.

What I want to achieve is to set-up a dynamic range that will look for multiple key words such as in this case “OA” & “SNC” and if it matches it will return the value in the column G & H respectively. At the same time it has to skip blank rows. What is the best way to go about this?

I figured it shouldn’t be too hard, but I cannot figure it out.

As per image above, I want to consolidate the charges per category (OA & SNC) in the designated columns (“G” & “H”) on row level.

### My approach to the task

Procedure finds data range, loops through it’s values, adding unique values to the dictionary with sum for specific row and then loads all these values along with sums per row.

```
Option Explicit
Sub CountStuff()
Dim wb As Workbook, ws As Worksheet
Dim lColumn As Long, lRow As Long, lColTotal As Long
Dim i As Long, j As Long
Dim rngData As Range, iCell As Range
Dim dictVal As Object
Dim vArr(), vArrSub(), vArrEmpt()
'Your workbook
Set wb = ThisWorkbook
'Set wb = Workbooks("Workbook1")
'Your worksheet
Set ws = ActiveSheet
'Set ws = wb.Worksheets("Sheet1")
'Number of the first data range column
lColumn = ws.Rows(1).Find("1", , xlValues, xlWhole).Column
'Number of the last row of data range
lRow = ws.Cells(ws.Rows.Count, lColumn).End(xlUp).Row
'Total number of data range columns
lColTotal = ws.Cells(1, lColumn).End(xlToRight).Column - lColumn + 1
'Data range itself
Set rngData = ws.Cells(1, lColumn).Resize(lRow, lColTotal)
'Creating a dictionary
Set dictVal = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
'Data values -> array
vArr = rngData.Offset(1, 0).Resize(rngData.Rows.Count - 1, _
rngData.Columns.Count).Value
'Empty array
ReDim vArrEmpt(1 To UBound(vArr, 1))
'Loop through all values
For i = LBound(vArr, 1) To UBound(vArr, 1)
For j = LBound(vArr, 2) To UBound(vArr, 2)
'Value is not numeric and is not in dictionary
If Not IsNumeric(vArr(i, j)) And _
Not dictVal.Exists(vArr(i, j)) Then
'Add value to dictionary
dictVal.Add vArr(i, j), vArrEmpt
vArrSub = dictVal(vArr(i, j))
vArrSub(i) = vArr(i, j - 1)
dictVal(vArr(i, j)) = vArrSub
'Value is not numeric but already exists
ElseIf dictVal.Exists(vArr(i, j)) Then
vArrSub = dictVal(vArr(i, j))
vArrSub(i) = vArrSub(i) + vArr(i, j - 1)
dictVal(vArr(i, j)) = vArrSub
End If
Next j
Next i
'Define new range for results
Set rngData = ws.Cells(1, lColumn + lColTotal - 1). _
Offset(0, 2).Resize(1, dictVal.Count)
'Load results
rngData.Value = dictVal.Keys
For Each iCell In rngData.Cells
iCell.Offset(1, 0).Resize(lRow - 1).Value _
= Application.Transpose(dictVal(iCell.Value))
Next
End Sub
```

### Answer：

I’ve used a simple custom function, possibly overkill as this could be done with worksheet formulae, but given that your ranges can vary in either direction…

```
Function altsum(r As Range, v As Variant) As Variant
Dim c As Long
For c = 2 To r.Columns.Count Step 2
If r.Cells(c) = v Then altsum = altsum + r.Cells(c - 1)
Next c
If altsum = 0 Then altsum = vbNullString
End Function
```

Example below, copy and formula in F2 across and down (or apply it one go with another bit of code).

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